Maternity Leave – Weeks 5 & 6

I really don’t want this blog to turn into a mommy blog, but that’s totally what this post basically is.

Baby is one month old already! That’s just nuts. Is there something in babies that makes them age faster than everyone else? She is smiling a lot, but not really at us…I think it’s gas 🙂 I’m not counting that as her first smile yet! She’s getting bigger and sleeping at night (for now). She’s a beautiful baby and makes us so happy!

Weeks 5 & 6 have been very much like the rest of my maternity leave – working on National Boards (little by little) while baby naps; doing laundry (so.much.laundry); pumping; feeding baby; preparing bottles…everyday is pretty much the same. There are days where we have special visitors, so that’s fun, but for the most part – my day is still all baby, all the time! I’m not yet really leaving the house with her (there have been a couple of outings, but not many)…I’m still following doctor’s orders and taking it easy…that is so very hard for me! My 6 week check up is coming up very soon and I will be happy when I get the okay to do more.

When I was writing about my Learning Commons, I often wrote about the technology I was using with my students. I haven’t stopped using technology…so, I thought that I would share how I am using it as a MOM. My iPhone has a whole new purpose for me now. I’m not quite sure what I would do without it. First of all, it is the main way I am still interacting with the world – texts and FB messages are so much easier for me than actually picking up the phone and talking with someone and since I’m not really seeing many folks face to face at the moment, my phone is the way I am keeping up! Social networks have been great. FB because of the messaging back and forth with friends, but also because of the Facebook groups I have found that have been very helpful in the last few weeks, in particular Babywearers of the Midlands and La Leche League of the South Carolina Midlands. There are also lots of fun “mommy” folks to follow on Instagram. The alarm feature on my phone is probably the most important thing to me right now – I have set alarms for when baby is “supposed” to eat (of course, if she is hungry before the alarm goes off, we feed her…duh); when baby is “supposed” to nap; etc. I know it might seem so crazy to try to be scheduling this baby already, but my husband and I NEED it.  The timer on my phone has been super important. As part of my after baby care, I am supposed to take a sitz bath for 15 – 20 minutes two times a day. If it were left up to me to stay in that tub, I would never stay in as long as I am supposed to – I am always ready to get out and move on to whatever is next on my “to do” list…that timer makes me stay put. I have also found a couple of apps that I am using a good bit – the What to Expect When you are Expecting app (free) was great when I was pregnant, but it is also good now – everyday there is a post for after baby  – everything from what your baby “should” be doing now to how mom should be feeling, etc. I am also loving the Baby Connect app.  This app is pricey ($4.99), but I think it is worth it. My husband and I both have it on our phones and right now, we use it to track baby’s diapers and feedings. The cool thing about it is the app syncs itself every now and then. If my husband adds something to his Baby Connect on his phone, I will get it on my phone (he does the middle of the night diaper changing and feedings – I’m lucky, I know – and he can add those things to the app on his phone and then neither one of us has to worry about it…I learned at our first pediatrician’s appointment that we are actually supposed to be tracking these things). There are lots of other features included on the app too, for example, it looks like in the future, we can use it to schedule appointments and things for baby so that we both know everything that is happening (without, you know, having to talk to each other). I’m also using the Tiny Beans app to remind me to take a picture every day of baby (like I need a reminder! But, wait…I do). I found this app about 3 weeks in…luckily, I had taken a picture of baby every day, so I was able to catch up. I know I’ll love looking at this in a few months, when we can really see how much she has grown. Speaking of taking pictures, the camera feature on my phone has been very important! All that’s on my phone right now is pictures of this baby and my dogs. And books.

See? I’m still using technology everyday 😉



About Valerie Byrd Fort

I live in South Carolina. I am passionate about libraries, books, and reading. I am also a mom. This is my blog about those things.
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